Fit at Five: Camino de Santiago

Each day becomes a little more meaningful and your life enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. Exercise can help you discover what generates enthusiasm in your life. For Dolly Anagnostis, her inspiration came from a book in her book club, A Woman's Path, about the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage. "That was the first time I had ever heard about the Camino and I thought that sounds intriguing." At 66 years old, a pilgrimage across Europe was calling her name.

"I was in terrible shape physically. I had never exercised. My furthest walk was from my house to the driveway to get in the car. So this was a chance to increase my physical activity which I thought would be very healthy for my senior years."

Cycle4Care:Spinning for the health of others

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For fifteen years, the Cancer Community Center has helped cancer patients and their loved ones turn a cancer diagnosis into something that makes them stronger.

"Friends and family want to help, but they don't really know what you are going through," explained Michele Johns, executive director of the center, which offers wellness classes, support groups and art programs to anyone impacted by cancer free of charge.

"We've found that peer-based support, people who have had that or have had similar experience, really add so much more to the recovery," she added. 

Katie Hawkins' father, a well-known educator in southern Maine, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000.  Her father and her family turned to the center for help.

Speed painter uses art to draw kids in to hear his inspirational message

KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Rob Surette has wowed audiences around the globe with his portraits, many which he paints in less than five minutes, but his true passion is not art, but motivating kids to believe in themselves.

"If they truly do that, I think their lives can be different and better," he explained. 

"Your dreams don't come true over night, you have to work towards them, but don't feel like it is hard work, because that is what the world will tell you is you have to work hard," said Surette.  "To me, my success, it was enjoyable all those years."

Baby seal set to return to ocean

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Danielle Waugh visited the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England Friday morning.

She spend time with a baby seal pup named Charleston Chew, who's headed back to the ocean later today.

Charleston Chew arrived at UNE after being bit by a shark at just 3 months old.

Now, months later, the seal pup is completely rehabilitated and ready to be returned to the ocean.

That will happen today at 12:30 at Gilbert Place along Biddeford Pool. The public is welcome to attend.

Click here for more information on UNE'S Marine Animal and Rehabilitation and Conservation program.

Fitness competition brings out the best in people

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The YMCA of Southern Maine is holding a competition to find out who the fittest man and woman are, but building camaraderie and community may be the most important results of the event.

"I love working out and it is a great group environment," said Amanda Hemmerich, last year's women's champion.  "It is fun and I laugh a lot and it is definitely for the YMCA.  It is a great mission they have here with the children and the community."

Hemmerich says she had no idea what she was getting into when she signed up to compete for the first time two years ago.

"I was so humbled and blown away, they were just impressive to watch," she recalled. 

Once she took part, she was hooked.